Showing posts from May, 2012

Murphy's Law

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have no choice but to delay the release of Until My Soul Gets It Right and remove it from amazon and

I will announce the new release date as soon as I know more.

In the meantime, please come back on Friday for Flash Fiction Fridays and Camille LaGuire's interesting take on the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

In Memoriam

On this Memorial Day in the US, I am thinking of the men and women who have protected us when our country needed it the most, and, especially about their families, who suffered a great many sacrifices.

Thank you.

Flash Fiction Fridays: Meet Clara


By Karen Wojcik Berner

When Clara Elbert peeled potatoes, she did so with a vengeance, tearing off every little piece of skin, wishing someone would invent a machine for it, like that apple-peeler-corer thingamajig she had seen it in a catalog once. Now that would be useful. Too bad it was just for apples. How many pies could you make anyhow? ’Cept for Peter, who would eat a bushel a day if he could, no one much liked apples in this family.

She dug at an abnormally large eye, a mixture of water and starch dripping through her fingers. Wonder if Hank could rig something up? He was good that way, gadgety, always makin’ things run smoother.

The amount of food consumed on this farm in one day could feed one of them African villages for a week. Three huge meals, plus some snack like cookies or brownies just to get them through the day. Seven days a week. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year. More on holidays.

But that’s my job, she thought, so she got…

Are You a Bibliophile?


As you probably know, my series, The Bibliophiles, is about the members of an American suburban classics book club. Each novel spotlights one or two Bibliophiles and tells the story of their lives up until joining.

For example, A Whisper to a Scream is about Sarah, an overwhelmed, stay-at-home mom, and Annie, a P.R. executive dealing with fertility issues. Until My Soul Gets It Right follows Catherine Elbert as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self.

They might be completely different people, but all of the characters share a love of reading and discussing the classics.

Do you have what it takes to join Edwina Hipplewhite and her Bibliophiles for their monthly meetings?

Take this quick quiz and find out.

1. Whenever you walk into a bookstore you…

head straight for the fiction stacks?get sidetracked by the magazines?I don’t go to bookstores.
2. On your bookshelves, whether they are physical or on your e-reader device, are there…

so many b…

Flash Fiction Fridays: Undecided


The End of the Line
By Mary Langer Thompson

When the bus arrived in San Diego at 10:00 p.m., Matt and Melissa were exhausted from the five-hour ride. Matt tried to give a tip to the bus driver for his skillful driving through the fog, but the driver said, “Keep it, son. I have a feeling you might need it.”

Melissa peered inside the station. No place to sit. Matt said, “Let me check my phone outside here. I didn’t check it on the bus. I didn’t want anyone to look over my shoulder and guess what we’re doing.”

“But I’m so tired,” Melissa said. “I couldn’t sleep on that bus. Too nervous.”

“Let me check where we are so we can call Jack and Susan and give them directions to pick us up. Check again and see if there’s an empty seat. I saw a couple come out.”

Melissa started to walk into the station. Then she turned back to Matt. “First call your folks and tell them we’re okay and got to church camp safely. I’ll call mine later.”

“I hate lying,” Matt said.

“They wo…

Attention Nook Owners

Big news! You all know that my second novel, Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two)is coming out in two weeks, right?

Well, if you own a Nook, you have a chance for a sneak peek today!

I am running a promotion in conjunction with that fantastic Nook books site,, exclusively for Nook customers to pick up Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two) before its official May 30th release. And I am giving away ten copies to celebrate.

Just stop by for your chance to win and tell us why you love contemporary women's fiction in the comment section. is a great source for reasonably prices Nook books. Check it out today!

On another note...

Today is National Flash Fiction Day in the UK. Check out their blog for all of the latest flash fiction news, including The Flash Flood Journal pouring out stories all day, an Internet Write-In, and Flash Tag flash mobbing in Manchester throughout the day. Sounds like fun, doesn't…

Editing for Grammarphobes: Possessives


Today's Editing for Grammarphobes comes to us courtesy of that fun little grammar book, The Bugaboo Review, by Sue Sommer.

Possessive nouns have apostrophes.

the Jones'

Possessive pronouns do not have apostrophes.



A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on…

Flash Fiction Fridays: The Chase


Parallax the Rogue
By Michael Robb Mathias Jr.

His name was Parallax, and he was a rogue. The horses behind him didn't have a chance. They all still had riders. This wasn't a track race anymore though. This was Parallax's great escape. The men chasing after him were doing so for his own good. He had jumped the fence again, and after crossing the creek on the back forty, he was heading for the blacktop. The other horses had been chasing him for a long time, but they were losing their wind and falling away now.

The one thin cattle fence between the dangerous two lane highway and the pasture was coming up and Parallax was galloping like the wind toward it. They had to stop him or something terrible could happen; and not just to the animal. A sedan full of teenagers or a family minivan could end up a memory if there was a collision.

The distance was closing; a hundred yards, now fifty. The sound of a big truck blasted like a foghorn over the screec…

Edit, Proofread, Repeat


Good Monday to you, dear readers.

Outside my window, it is gray with spotty rain showers—the perfect writing day. However, today is all about proofing. I have the second round of corrections for the e-book version of Until My Soul Gets It Right (available May 30) to look over, followed by the first round from the paperback designers. Exciting, but intense.

Recently, I redesigned my website. Click here to see the new version. It is more focused on The Bibliophiles as a series, as opposed to just A Whisper to a Scream as a stand-alone novel.

I also started a new Facebook page, again to focus more on all of my work instead of just Whisper. I hope you will stop by and click LIKE for all of the latest Bibliophiles news.

What are you working on today?

Here's to a productive week for us all!

Flash Fiction Fridays: Warm Nights


September in Medford
By Wesley Jacques

The summer was getting away, so we ran to the roof with tequila and a six-pack of PBR to chase it, holding on dearly for another night. Shane strummed a chord or two on an out-of-tune guitar while sitting on a milk crate. I sat on the ground and hummed and air-drummed. There was a song we had in mind, not the same song, but it didn't seem to matter much as neither of us had yet grasped a full melody.

We met somewhere between Willie Nelson and Jeff Buckley, and I was fine with that.

Shane apparently wasn't. He jumped up, dropped the guitar and startled the sun into setting a minute or two sooner than it would have—I swear it. Then, he angrily proclaimed ownership over the night. He did so every three days or so—with a toast or a shot or a strange little dance where he churned invisible butter with both his hands, following through with his hips.

This time, he yelled three stories down to a girl on the sidewalk …

The Countdown Begins

Here is a sneak peek at the cover of my new novel, Until My Soul Gets It Right, which will be released in paperback and e-versions on May 30. Feel free to click on the picture for a better look.